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Bankei Yƍtaku

Bankei Yōtaku was a Japanese Rinzai Zen master, the abbot of the Ryōmon-ji and Nyohō-ji. He is best known for his talks on the Unborn. According to D. T. Suzuki, together with Dogen and Hakuin, is one of the most important Japanese Zen masters and his Unborn Zen is one of the most original developments in the entire history of Zen thought. Bankei Yōtaku was born in 1622, in Harima Province to a samurai turned medicine man named Suga Dosetsu, his boyhood name was Muchi. Bankei's mother bore the last name of Noguchi, little more is known of her, other than that the society of the time extolled her as'Maya who begot three Buddhas,' - Maya being the mother of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. Bankei had four sisters, his eldest brother, was a skilled physician and his second eldest brother was a practitioner of the Pure Land school of Buddhism. Hence Bankei's mother was likened to Maya, Masayasu to Yakushi - the Buddha of healing, his second eldest brother to the Buddha Amida, Bankei himself to Shakyamuni Buddha.

Bankei was a mischievous child, though he showed remarkable intelligence. When Bankei was 11, his father died, in the following year he entered school. Here he was taught many of the Confucian texts. At this time, Bankei was young and full of questions and the Confucian classics he was being taught confused him greatly. One day, the teacher read the first line from'Great Learning': "The way of great learning lies in clarifying bright virtue." Bankei entered a heated exchange with his teacher imploring them for the meaning of this. Bankei felt; this gap in Bankei's understanding gave birth to many doubts and questions, so he seized most every chance to question others on their knowledge. He would implore Confucian and Buddhist scholars and attend various religious gatherings in search of answers. All of this, proved futile for him, he became so distraught in his need to find answers that school was no longer a priority for him, in 1633 he was kicked out of his family home. A family friend, Yūkan Nakahori, allowed Bankei to stay in a hut nearby.

Being a bit eccentric, Bankei etched into a slat of wood "Practice hermitage" and placed it outside of his little hut. It is that Bankei began practicing Shin Buddhism during this time, it is known that when Bankei was 15 he trained at a Shingon temple, where he gained some footing in sutra study. However, Bankei was not left that following year. At 16 he walked from Hamada to Ako to see a Rinzai Zen priest named Umpo Zenjo at Zuiō-ji. Bankei wasted no time with Umpo and implored him on the meaning of bright virtue, to which Umpo advised the only path toward such understanding could be had through the practice of zazen. Bankei was ordained as a monk at Zuiō-ji under Umpo, it was here he received his Buddhist name Yōtaku. When Bankei turned 19 he left Zuiō-ji shortly after and travelled through Kyoto, Osaka and Kyūshū in search for an answer to his question. During his travels he would stay over at temples or sleep in the open wilderness, scrounging by as a beggar. In 1645, at age 24, Bankei returned to Zuiō-ji no wiser than the day.

At this time Umpo informs him that the answer which he seeks can only be found within, not through an intermediary. Bankei built a hut nearby and lived as a hermit, he would sit for hours practicing zazen. He had given up bodily comfort and had no other goal during this time aside from coming to a complete understanding of things, he practiced this way for many years, but the bodily neglect caused him to contract tuberculosis. He sought the counsel of a doctor, it was during this near-death experience that Bankei realized the Unborn stating of the experience: I felt a strange sensation in my throat. I spat against a wall. A mass of black phlegm large as a soapberry rolled down the side... Just at that moment... I realized what it was that had escaped me until now: All things are resolved in the unborn. Following this breakthrough his doubt and questioning ceased while his physical condition ameliorated. Once strong enough, he travelled back to Umpo to relay his experience. Umpo confirmed his enlightenment, sent him off to have his understanding further evidenced by Gudō Toshoku, another Rinzai master.

At the age of 26 Bankei went to Gifu Prefecture to Daisen-ji. However, when he arrived Gudo was attending to another temple of his in the countryside. So Bankei visited the temples of other Zen teachers in the area, none of which had priests with the proper understanding themselves to confirm his understanding. After a year living in the countryside near Daisen-ji, again Bankei travelled back to Umpo. In 1651, Bankei heard. Umpo advised he go see the Ch'an master, Bankei set off for Nagasaki hoping to have his enlightenment confirmed. Bankei found Dosha Chogen at a Chinese style temple. On their first meeting, Dosha confirmed Bankei's understanding but informed him that it was incomplete. Bankei was offended by this and refused to accept it, yet he lingered at that temple to observe Dosha's ways realizing what Dosha had pronounced was true. So Bankei stayed on at Sōfuku-ji practicing under Dosha. While Bankei lived among the other monks at the temple, he refused to chant the sutras with them in Chinese.

In 1652, while meditating with the congregation, Bankei experienced final awakening. Dosha confirmed this the next day, stating Bankei had settled the Great Matter. Bankei then

Southern boubou

The southern boubou is a bushshrike. Though these passerine birds and their relations were once included with true shrikes in the Laniidae, they are not related to that family; this species is found in southeastern Africa in southeastern Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana and southern and eastern South Africa. It frequents dense thickets in forests, mangroves and gardens. In drier regions, it is found in riverside woodland; the male southern boubou is a distinctive 20–22 cm long bird with black upperparts extending from the top of the head down to the tail, a striking white wing stripe, a long black tail with white outer feathers. The underparts are white shading to rufous on the lower belly and flanks; the bill and legs are black. The female is dark grey above and with a rufous wash to the breast. Young birds are like the female, but mottled buff-brown above, have a buff wash to the wing bar, are barred below; the rufous on the underparts, which gives this species its scientific name, distinguishes it from the tropical and swamp boubous.

It superficially resembles the southern fiscal, Lanius collaris, but is shorter tailed, has more white in the wing, is much less conspicuous in its habits. Unlike the true shrikes, which perch conspicuously in the open, the southern boubou prefers to forage in dense vegetation close to the ground, a habit which has led to its being called shy and skulking; the food is insects, taken from the ground or picked off vegetation as the bird creeps low in bushes. It will take small rodents, lizards snails and fruits; the southern boubou has a duetted call, with a ooo-whee-ooo, followed by a whistled ooo-ooo-wheee or wheee-wheee followed by ooo-whee-ooo. The duet has many variations and the liquid ooo-whee-ooo call may be mistaken for that of a black-headed oriole, its alarm call is a muted cluck. The nest, built by the female, is a shallow cup in a creeper or dense bush into which the two brown-blotched greenish-white eggs are laid. Both sexes incubate for 16–17 days to hatching, both bring food to the chicks.

Fledging takes place in about another 16 days. About 2% of nests are parasitised by the black cuckoo. There are six races, differing in size, upperpart colour, the extent of rufous on the underparts, the degree of sexual dimorphism. L. f. savensis da Rosa Pinto, 1963 – southern Zimbabwe and Mozambique L. f. transvaalensis Roberts, 1922 – southern Botswana to northern South Africa, Swaziland L. f. tongensis Roberts, 1931 – eastern South Africa to southern Mozambique L. f. natalensis Roberts, 1922 – inland South Africa to Western Cape L. f. pondoensis Roberts, 1922 – Pondoland L. f. ferrugineus – Western Cape Tony Harris and Kim Franklin, Shrikes & Bush Shrikes ISBN 0-691-07036-9 Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey and Warwick Tarboton, SASOL Birds of Southern Africa ISBN 1-86872-721-1 Tobias Merkle, Vocalisations of the Southern Boubou in the Eastern Cape, South Africa Southern boubou - Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds

Hella Mega Tour

The Hella Mega Tour is the upcoming co-headlining tour by American rock bands Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer. The tour was announced on September 10, 2019 and includes dates from May to November 2020. On September 10, 2019, all three bands announced the tour and new music. On the same day, each band released a new single: Green Day released "Father of All..." and announced its 13th album, Father of All Motherfuckers. All three bands will perform at 34 shows, Green Day and Weezer will perform at an additional six, Green Day alone will perform at an additional four, Fall Out Boy one show; the venues consist of indoor and outdoor arenas, exhibition halls, other outdoor venues. On February 28, 2020, Green Day announced all nine Asia tour dates were postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. March 8, 2020 – Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore March 11, 2020 – IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand March 14, 2020 – Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the Philippines March 17, 2020 – Taipei Arena in Taipei, Taiwan March 20, 2020 – AsiaWorld–Expo in Hong Kong March 22, 2020 – Jamsil Arena in Seoul, South Korea March 25, 2020 – Intex Osaka in Osaka, Japan March 27, 2020 – Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan March 28, 2020 – Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan June 24, 2020 – Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, United Kingdom Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer have arranged performances to promote the tour as follows: September 10, 2019 – All three bands played at a tour announcement show at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, United States September 10, 2019 – Weezer at Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the El Capitan Entertainment Centre in Los Angeles, United States September 11, 2019 – Fall Out Boy at Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the El Capitan Entertainment Centre in Los Angeles, United States September 12, 2019 – Green Day at Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the El Capitan Entertainment Centre in Los Angeles, United States September 20, 2019 – Green Day at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, United States October 9, 2019 – Green Day at The Howard Stern Show at SiriusXM Hollywood in Los Angeles, United States October 25, 2019 – Green Day at Kevin and Bean at the HD Radio Sound Space at Live House Hollywood in Los Angeles, United States October 30, 2019 – Green Day at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain November 2, 2019 – Green Day at the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards World Stage at the Plaza de España in Seville, Spain November 24, 2019 – Green Day at the American Music Awards of 2019 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, United States December 12, 2019 – Green Day at The Game Awards 2019 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, United States December 31, 2019 – Green Day at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in Hollywood, United States January 25, 2020 – Green Day played two performances for the 2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game, both outside and inside the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, United States February 6, 2020 – Green Day at The Ellen DeGeneres Show at Warner Bros.

Studios in Burbank, United States February 7, 2020 – Green Day at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles in Burbank, United States February 10, 2020 – Green Day at Good Morning America at the El Capitan Entertainment Centre in Hollywood, United States February 10, 2020 – Green Day at The Late Late Show with James Corden at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, United States Official website

Laketown Township, Carver County, Minnesota

Laketown Township is a township in Carver County, United States. The population was 2,331 as of the 2000 census. Laketown Township organized in 1858, was named for its numerous small lakes. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 30.4 square miles, of which 27.7 square miles is land and 2.7 square miles is water. The west edge of the city of Chaska and the west half of the city of Victoria are located within the township geographically but are separate entities. Township 116 North, Range 24 West, Fifth Principal Meridian of the Public Land Survey System. Lake Auburn Lake Waconia Lunstein Lake Marsh Lake Mud Lake Parley Lake Piersons Lake Reitz Lake Turbid Lake Wasserman Lake Lake Bavaria Dahlgren Township Benton Township Waconia Township Watertown Township Coney Island Minnesota State Highway 5 The township contains Scandia Cemetery; as of the census of 2000, there were 2,331 people, 637 households, 545 families residing in the township. The population density was 84.2 people per square mile.

There were 665 housing units at an average density of 24.0/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 96.48% White, 0.64% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population. There were 637 households out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.7% were married couples living together, 2.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 14.4% were non-families. 11.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.17. In the township the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 21.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $75,000, the median income for a family was $78,577. Males had a median income of $50,349 versus $29,167 for females; the per capita income for the township was $27,543. About 1.5% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over. Township Website United States National Atlas United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles United States Board on Geographic Names

1995 K2 disaster

The 1995 K2 disaster was a mountaineering disaster on K2 in Pakistan, the world's second tallest mountain. Six people are reported to have died on August 13, 1995 on K2 related to bad weather reported high winds. Scott Fischer was climbing Broad Peak at the time, suggested that a contributing factor was combination of brutal cold and 160-kilometre-per-hour-plus winds. An American team had gained a permit to climb 8,611-metre K2 in the summer of 1995. K2 is regarded as a more difficult and dangerous climb than Mount Everest. By August 13, 1995, the remnants of the U. S. team and Alison Hargreaves had joined forces with a New Zealand and Canadian team at Camp 4, around 7,600 metres above sea level, at least 12 hours from the summit. That day, having joined with a Spanish team of mountaineers above Camp 4, New Zealander Peter Hillary, son of Everest pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary, decided to turn back, noting that the weather, fine for the previous four days appeared to be changing. At 6:45 p.m. in fine conditions, Alison Hargreaves and Spaniard Javier Olivar reached the summit, followed by American Rob Slater, Spaniards Javier Escartín and Lorenzo Ortíz, New Zealander Bruce Grant.

All six died in a violent storm. Canadian Jeff Lakes, who had turned back below the summit earlier, managed to reach one of the lower camps but died from the effects of exposure; the next day, two Spanish climbers, Pepe Garces and Lorenzo Ortas, who had survived the storm at Camp 4, were descending the mountain suffering from frostbite and exhaustion. Before reaching Camp 3 they found a bloodstained anorak, a climbing boot, a harness, they recognized the equipment as belonging to Hargreaves. From Camp 3 they could see a body in the distance, they did not approach the body, so it was not positively identified, but they had little doubt it was Hargreaves and concluded she had been blown off the mountain during the storm. Fatalities reported for August 13, 1995: Alison Hargreaves United Kingdom Javier Olivar Spain Rob Slater United States Javier Escartín Spain Lorenzo Ortíz Spain Bruce Grant New Zealand Also, Jeff Lakes Canada reached a lower camp but died from exposure on August 15, 1995. Lorenzo Ortas and Pepe Garces survived but had to be airlifted out, enduring six days without a tent.

Another fatality this season was earlier in the summer, in July Jordi Anglès is reported to have died from a fall at K2